Ontario has reported 426 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 2,392.
The province has also announced four more deaths for a total of 37 related to COVID-19.
The new COVID-19 cases mark the most significant increase the province has seen in a single-day.
The number of resolved cases has increased to 689.
Ontario health workers have tested 57,874 people for the virus so far. From Tuesday, 6,245 people were tested in one day which is double the amount of people tested we saw on Monday. The province said it has been working through a backlog of tests.
“We have seen an increase, yesterday over today, that’s quite significant. However, I think it’s also important to note that we’re still working on the backlog of cases that we had and it was about 10,000 about a week ago,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said at a press conference on Wednesday.
There are 3,135 cases currently under investigation and awaiting test results, which is down from Tuesday (where 4,280 people were under investigation).
“The cases that are currently being diagnosed are really historic cases, looking back at what has happened over the last week to ten days,” Elliott added.
“What’s going to be most important is what we are going to see when the backlog is cleared over the next day or so. We will then be dealing with current information and that is what’s going to tell us where we are in terms of flattening the curve.”
According to Ontario’s website, males and females diagnosed with COVID-19 is evenly split in half.
Breakdown of ages:
- 19 and under: 2.3% of cases.
- 20-39: 30.3% of cases.
- 40-59: 35.5% of cases.
- 60-79: 25.4% of cases
- 80 and over: 6.4% of cases.
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